LAWYER and entrepreneur Nicole Shanahan has gifted US$8 million to the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine to establish a centre for research into women’s reproductive longevity.

Ms Shanahan is married to Google founder Sergey Brin, and has her own foundation, the Bia-Echo Foundation, through which the gift was made.

Research by the Bia-Echo Asia Centre for Reproductive Longevity and Equality will specialise in women’s reproductive health, ageing and digital medicine. The effort aims to find ways to lengthen women’s reproductive health and longevity, help them to preserve and improve their reproductive systems and general health, and potentially enable them to conceive in their later years.

The research will be led by scientists and clinicians from NUS Medicine and other institutions, including those in the Asia-Pacific, US and Europe.

Said Ms Shanahan in a statement: “It was during my time as a study-abroad student at NUS Law School that I came to realise the unique position Singapore is in to be a pioneer in science and governance for this generation of innovators. I couldn’t be happier to support NUS Medicine’s leadership in women’s reproductive longevity and equality…